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Brand New Ancients

Poet and rapper Kate Tempest performs her epic story of everyday heroes, winner of the 2013 Ted Hughes Poetry Award.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Brand New Ancients. It was last on stage 10 March 2014 as part of the Spring 2013/14 season.


Tempest narrates a story of two South London families – everyday people of epic significance – in a passionate and intimate parable of modern life.


Brockley-born Kate Tempest has won widespread praise for her searing performance poetry. She blends the craft of classical poetry with the impassioned rhythmic force of rap, creating electrifying spoken stories that candidly examine British modern life.

Tempest became the youngest ever winner of the Ted Hughes Poetry Award with Brand New Ancients, a co-production with the Battersea Arts Centre. In it she joins forces with a live band to unfold a story of a world in which we are all gods. Tempest's honest, intense and virtuoso performances makes her one of the most thrilling new artists working today.